Harry Potter

Christa - posted on 03/20/2010 ( 127 moms have responded )

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So I was wondering, why do some Christians have a problem with Harry Potter?? I've heard of people who won't allow their kids to watch the movies or read the books and I am not sure why. I can understand children being too young, but why is it not ok for children in the age appropriate groups to enjoy these stories? I personally love them and think they are so creative and well written. I'm not trying to start a debate I'm just wondering why some Christians don't like them. :-)

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Crystal - posted on 03/22/2010

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I don't necessarily think that seperating is the only issue here. God is clear in His Word that witchcraft is wrong, not bad witches are bad. ALL types of witchcraft and sorcery are wrong. It is not only in Deuteronomy 18:10-13, but it is also mentioned in Galatians 5:19-21. Why is it you consider what they do in the books and movies "fake"? Why do you consider it harmless(just out of curiousity)? If my child befriended an actual wiccan at scholl, I hope that I would encourage him to lift that child up in prayer and to respect their belief. Respecting others beliefs and loving your neighbor as yourself, does not mean I feed things that I know God finds detestable to them. It means I teach my children to be wise in what they watch and read and not to compromise our own belief in striving for a holy life.

Christa - posted on 03/22/2010

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Those of you who are against Harry Potter, have you ever read the books or seen the movie yourself? I'm just wondering because I feel like it's very clear that its fake and I wouldn't relate it to a "wiccan" type of magic. There are "dark wizards" but they are very clearly the bad guys.

I guess the reason why this intrigues me so much is when do we stop sheltering our kids? Eventually they are going to encounter temptation is some form and how are they going to know what to do if they've never been allowed to deal with it before. If our kids aren't allowed to see something as harmless (IMO) as Harry Potter, how will they deal when they befriend an actual wiccan at school? That's just my thoughts.

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Do you not watch, or read, with your children? Do you not discuss what is seen in the stories, what is inferred, and what it all means? If you are actively involved in watching or reading with your kids, they will quickly understand the difference between "fake" & "real" Neither of my children have ever had a problem separating the two.

Crystal - posted on 03/22/2010

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I think it can just be confusing. We tell our children magic is not real, but then we let them read books or watch movies where magic is the central theme. I personally do not allow my children to read or see Harry Potter; but I also have a problem with them watching The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings. I think they are to young to understand the analogies and to grasp the hidden meanings. I would hate to think of them turning to witchcraft as a form of religion, and it is out there, so I do not let it be glorified in my home.

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The Lord of the Rings story is an anthem of friendship, honor and loyalty defeating all that is evil. Guess what? That's what Harry Potter is all about too!

I think I prefer the HP stories, not just because they are kids banding together to fight the big bad guy while the adults keep telling them that they can't, but I like that the character names become much more meaningful if you understand prefixes, suffixes, root words, astronomy, history, geography and fables! A fun read to homeschoolers like us!

Carrie - posted on 03/21/2010

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Basically, what every you let into your mind will reflect what you do in your daily life. Any type of witch craft, sorcery etc weather it is from a christian writer or not should not be allowed to affect your mind hense your relationship with God. Make sense? It is hard enough to find positive inflouences in life let alone fill our childrens heads with that type of negativity. Negativity breads negativity and positivity breads positivity!

Carrie - posted on 03/21/2010

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Ok, ladies, I was not raised in a christian family. The only church I got was when the bus came around and got us. I know go to church every Sunday, if I am not working and every Wednesday for bible study. So, That being said here is my take on the whole magic thing. Our lives are filled with so much temptation, lies, and wickedness already, that makes it very hard to resist satan. By allowing our minds to open to this magic, sorcery, witchcraft, vampire stuff, it allows satan to start a thought process that "could" lead to wishing you had those powers etc. I know it sounds far fetched, but I can tell you when I watch those types of movies I tend to find my attitude will lean towards doing things that is not christian. Before I came to know God as my personal savior, I used to watch all that. Ghost Whisper, Ghost hunter, anything to do with the supernatural fasinated me. It still does, but I have noticed how it effects me in my personal life when I do watch it. This may not be the same for everyone, but for me this is how I feel. I dont even watch Narnia..... A good series to read is the Left Behind series. Great series and biblical insight. Sorry for the book. I can try to get you scripture if you like to back up what I have said.

Terri - posted on 03/21/2010

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As parents we have to teach our children what is real...like Jesus Christ and what is fiction, like Harry Potter. As they get older we should help them understand the analogies that can be written into fiction, as we are all aware there are many direct and indirect references to Biblical texts and stories spread throughout much fiction, including movies like Pirates of the Caribbean.

Vanessa - posted on 03/20/2010

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Many Christians take issue with the magic and sorcery elements of Harry Potter. One could argue that The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia should also be boycott as they too have a lot of sorcery, witchcraft and magic. Maybe there is little issue with these as the books were written by Christian authors (J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis) Everyone is different and we all know our limits when it comes to our faith, we just need to accept the views of others.

Vanessa - posted on 03/20/2010

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I find this to be a touchy topic for some people. I personally love these stories and movies as well. My entertainment side enjoys fantasy and so I love The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings. I have not heard any scroutiny against either of those, maybe because the books were written by Christian authors? I'm not sure. But, what I do know is that the magic and sorcery can be an issue for some people, especially within the Christian community.

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